Earth System Governance

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: FutureEarth, IHDP.ISSC, .ICSU
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2008 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

Which formal and informal rules, rule-making systems, and actor-networks are capable to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating, and adapting to global and local environmental change?

The Earth System Governance Project advances a science plan that is organized, around five analytical problems:
  • Architecture
  • Agency
  • Adaptiveness
  • Accountability
  • Allocation & Access

In addition, the Earth System Governance Project emphasizes four crosscutting research themes that are crucial for the study of each analytical problem but also for the integrated understanding of earth system governance. These crosscutting themes are:

  • power
  • knowledge
  • norms
  • scale

Finally, the Earth System Governance Project advances the integrated, focused analysis of case study domains in which researchers combine analysis of the analytical problems and crosscutting themes. The four identified case studies will serve as flagship activities of the Project:
  • the water system
  • food systems
  • the climate system
  • the global economic system

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Last update: 2/18/15
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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